Celebrate Art in Nature

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Please join me at the opening reception of the Westwood Land Trust art exhibit entitled “Capturing Nature in Westwood” tonight, Thursday, October 27th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Westwood Public Library.

Here are a few photos from yesterday’s set up of this wonderful show:

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Many local artists are featured in this show (including members of the Westwood Artist group and the Dedham Square Artists Guild) in addition to student art from Westwood High School and Middle School.

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The exhibit goes through December 16th.  Hope you can stop in and see it!

 

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Westwood Land Trust “capturing art in nature”

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Westwood Land Trust hosts its ninth annual Capturing Nature in Westwood Art Exhibit to raise awareness and appreciation for Westwood community’s natural beauty.

The Exhibit opens Wednesday, September 30 at the Westwood Public Library  The new venue will allow for the Exhibit to be viewed through October 16.

Founded in 1999, Westwood Land Trust is a charitable organization dedicated to preserving open space, forests, and habitat in Westwood. WLT currently holds conservation restrictions that protect 210 acres of land in Westwood.

Visit http://www.westwoodlandtrust.org for more information.

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Capturing Art in Nature

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IMG_1284“Capturing Art in Nature”, A Westwood Land Trust Exhibit

opens tonight, Tuesday, October 28th at the Westwood High School

with a reception from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

The Westwood Land Trust (“WLT”) is sponsoring the eighth annual Capturing Nature in Westwood Art Exhibit to raise awareness and appreciation for Westwood’s beautiful natural environment. Residents are encouraged to go outside, look around and explore, and “capture” the natural beauty one sees through a painting, 3-D piece, photograph, or any other preferred artistic medium. All ages are invited to participate.

Over 300 Westwood community members typically view the wide variety of artwork submitted by students and residents on the evening of the event. Exhibited items last year included: birch tree paintings inspired by artist Gustav Klimt; clay relief postcards; dish glass inspired by Dale Chihuly; pottery; oil paintings and drawings; and nature-themed photographs. WLT would like to thank Katie Thurston, Westwood Public School Art Director, and all the WPS art teachers for their whole-hearted support in linking art and nature.

Trips inspire collections ~ Decordova Sculpture Park

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If you’ve never been to the deCordova Sculpture Park, put it on your list of things to do.  My husband and I picked a beautiful day to explore the park.  We wanted to see the newly installed  “Red, Blue and Yellow’.

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“Red, Yellow and Blue features Genger’s renowned usage of hand-knotted, paint-covered rope, configured in bright, undulating walls in three primary colors that wind through deCordova’s 30-acre lawn, pathways, and hillsides. At deCordova, the work is comprised of about 1 million feet of rope collected from the Eastern seaboard and 3,500 gallons of paint, weighing in at over 100,000 pounds. Red, Yellow and Blue is adapted from its initial presentation in New York City’s Madison Square Park to the contours of deCordova’s grounds. The miles of crocheted and layered rope articulate the topography of the Sculpture Park, reference the familiar low-lying stone walls that line the New England countryside, and offer fresh opportunities to engage with the landscape.” more here

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As we followed Genger’s installation up over a hill top, we came upon Endangered Species of New England.

“Environmental Art pioneer Alan Sonfist creates site-specific earthworks that probe the relationships between humans, nature, and the fragility of the world they share.  (This work) began, in 2011, with the installation of four larger-than-life aluminum leaves that serve as signposts for a very real threat in our region—the potential extinction of several of New England’s most beloved native trees: the American Beech, the American Chestnut, the Burr Oak and the Sugar Maple. These sculptural leaves are totems of both warning and reverence for the trees that are silently disappearing around us. ”

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As I thought about our day at the deCordova, I was inspired to create functional planters with images of the endangered leaves.  The hand carved leaves turn on each planter like the wind is giving them a push.  The trays that the planters sit upon have been pressed with a netting like fabric to symbolize Red, Blue and Yellow. The imagery on the tray embraces the group of leaves providing protection. There is functionality to this work too; each planter has a drainage hole in the base.  The tray collects the water and keeps the plant healthy.

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Capturing Nature In Art – A Westwood Land Trust Exhibit

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Capturing Nature In Art - A Westwood Land Trust Exhibit

Tonight, October 22nd from 6-8 PM, Westwood High School will host “Capturing Nature in Art – A Westwood Land Trust Exhibit”. View artistic projects celebrating the natural beauty around us. Free Admission and Refreshments. This event is sponsored by Westwood Land Trust with support from Westwood Public Schools.

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The Westwood Land Trust (“WLT”) is sponsoring the seventh annual Capturing Nature in Westwood Art Exhibit to raise awareness and appreciation for Westwood’s beautiful natural environment. Residents are encouraged to go outside, look around and explore, and “capture” the natural beauty one sees through a painting, 3-D piece, photograph, or any other preferred artistic medium. All ages are invited to participate.

Prelude to spring vases

Over 250 Westwood community members typically view the wide variety of artwork submitted by students and residents on the evening of the exhibit. Exhibited items last year included: fruit and vegetable drawings displayed as the Westwood Farmers’ Market; pueblo pots; blown glass; pottery; patterned collage animals; and nature-themed photographs. WLT would like to thank Katie Thurston, Westwood Public School Art Director, and all the WPS art teachers for their whole-hearted support in linking art and nature.

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Pottery pictured in this write up are wheel thrown or hand built by Lisa W. B. Walker and will be part of this exhibit. All items are for sale.

Fall Pottery SALE at Powisset Farm This Saturday

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Fall Pottery SALE at Powisset Farm This Saturday

Fall Pottery SALE at Powisset Farm This Saturday, September 28th from 10-1 at the farm stand, 37 Powisset Street, Dover, MA.

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There is nothing I like better then to spend the day at the farm interacting with customers, talking about my functional pottery, enjoying the peacefulness of the environment.

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Last weekend, the Fall Festival at Powisset Farm was rained out… so sad; however, the farm crew said a pottery sale this weekend in the barn would be AOK with them! As a shareholder I visit the farm each week (as chronicled in my weekly blog posts about food and pottery) .

Here are some of the pieces I’ll have with me at Saturday’s sale…

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AND SO MUCH MORE!

Stop by and say hello.  We can talk about the farm to table connection that is best with handmade pottery.

“Nature” Opening Reception 6-8pm TONIGHT at the Dedham Community Theatre

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In addition to the carved platter I’ve written about for the “Nature” exhibit, I have submitted a set of three rectangular vases glazed in the colors i love in nature.

Details:
A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre, and in collaboration with Dedham Civic Pride
Opening Reception: June 20th, 6pm to 8pm
EXHIBITION DATES: JUNE 20TH – JULY 11TH

“Ahhh, nature! Does being out in nature bring you into balance, inspire you, free you or are you terrified of the creepy crawlies of the natural world? June’s challenge asks artists to explore nature in all its forms…the great outdoors, human nature, nature vs. nurture, the possibilities are endless!! ! It surrounds us every day, no matter where we live or what we do.”

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This show will be displayed at the Dedham Community Theater for all to enjoy! 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

“Nature” – June Artist Challenge – Part 2

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I’ve decided on a carved platter for my submission to the June Challenge. After rolling and preparing a slab of stoneware, I collected apple tree blossoms and carved my images into the leather hard clay.

***Opening Reception: June 20th, 6pm to 8pm at the Dedham Community Theater in Dedham Square
EXHIBITION DATES: JUNE 20TH – JULY 11TH

“Nature” – June Artist Challenge – part 1

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In my front yard: an apple tree full of beautiful blossoms! My inspiration for the June 2013 Nature Challenge starts at home.

Details on the upcoming show…
A special exhibition hosted at the Dedham Community Theatre, and in collaboration with Dedham Civic Pride
Opening Reception: June 20th, 6pm to 8pm
EXHIBITION DATES: JUNE 20TH – JULY 11TH

Ahhh, nature! Does being out in nature bring you into balance, inspire you, free you or are you terrified of the creepy crawlies of the natural world? June’s challenge asks artists to explore nature in all its forms…the great outdoors, human nature, nature vs. nurture, the possibilities are endless!! ! It surrounds us every day, no matter where we live or what we do.

This show will be displayed at the Dedham Community Theater for all to enjoy! 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com

Call to artists: http://www.dedhamguild.com/2013nature